Burma Rd Butterfly Walk

May 07, 2019 14:30 - May 07, 2019 16:48
| Latitude: 42.227 | Longitude: -71.131 | Radius (m): 1070 | Distance traveled: 3m | Duration: 138 minutes | Number of observers: 1 |

Walked Burma Rd through Fowl Meadow looking for butterflies, hoping for Compton's Tortoiseshell (didn't find it). Also noted many birds, and a few reptiles and other insects.

Note that I basically went in a straight line for a mile and a half, then back. Of course, this tool maps circles...

Posted by maractwin maractwin, May 09, 2019 14:01

Target List

Observations

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Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis ssp. sirtalis)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

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Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

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Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

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Eastern Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

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Holarctic Azures (Genus Celastrina)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

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Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

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American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

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Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

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Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

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Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

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American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

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Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

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Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

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Holarctic Azures (Genus Celastrina)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

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Henry's Elfin (Callophrys henrici)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

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Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

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Holarctic Azures (Genus Celastrina)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

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Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

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Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

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Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

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Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

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Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

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Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

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Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

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Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

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Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

Observer

maractwin

Date

May 7, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

Description

Circled us on the trail, but wouldn't put down for a photo.

Comments

Just trying the trip functionality here. I did see a couple of butterflies that I didn't get photos of, so they aren't represented. I see several shortcomings with how this works, but it is a start.

Posted by maractwin over 3 years ago (Flag)

curious to hear your thoughts maractwin. Yes adding coarse taxa like 'Papilionoidea' to your target list when you aren't sure you can give a robust yes/no (ie post observations or not) for each species can lead to bad interpretation of the data. For example, say you saw a swallowtail fly by that could have been an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail but aren't sure. This trip (and the lack of an obs of Eastern Tiger Swallowtail) is being recorded as an absence for that species:
https://www.inaturalist.org/trips/tabulate?utf8=%E2%9C%93&filters%5Btaxon_name%5D=Eastern+Tiger+Swallowtail&filters%5Btaxon_id%5D=60551&filters%5Bplace_id%5D=&filters%5Bmonth%5D=&filters%5Byear%5D=&filters%5Buser_id%5D=10787
Not sure how to make that clearer to users, but might be worth only allowing species on the target list if its just too confusing to allow coarser taxa.

Posted by loarie over 3 years ago (Flag)

Is it supposed to be a part of your Journal? In the right upper hand I see a link to your posts.

Posted by optilete over 3 years ago (Flag)

@optilete please see https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/trips How to view a trip -> (1) 'Trips on iNaturalist are extensions of journal posts...'

Posted by loarie over 3 years ago (Flag)

I just typed a long critique of trips, and lost it due to a bug that I've reported before, but don't think anyone has put any effort into fixing. This tab had been open in my browser for 7 hours, so when I tried to add the comment, the session data on the form was expired and the comment not entered. This bug gets me quite regularly, as I keep tabs with interesting observations open on my browser and sometimes take a while to enter a comment.

Posted by maractwin over 3 years ago (Flag)

bummer - I've not encountered that before. Please report to the forum if you want it looked into

Posted by loarie over 3 years ago (Flag)

Here’s my second try at comments on trips, shorter than the first time.

I did enter observations without media for the butterflies I saw but was unable to photograph.

I would rather not have trips be part of journals, as that will probably stop me from making every hike I do be a trip, even though I usually make a comprehensive butterfly list each time I go out (I also do an eBird list for nearly every outing).
It would be nice if you could create a custom shape (i.e. a KML file) for the area covered, rather than always have it be a circle.
I’d love to be able to see a list of the species NOT seen, but to generate a useful one would require iNat knowing which butterflies are currently in flight and in range. Not many ranges are entered, and I don’t think there’s even provision for tracking flight periods.
I’m not worried about choosing a higher level taxon like Papilionoidea for my target, as I’m pretty good at finding most of them that are around during a hike. And I’m not afraid to record something to genus when the exact species wasn’t evident in a fly-by (i.e. Colias sp. when I couldn’t tell Clouded vs. Orange Sulphur). Just have to remember that there is an observation bias—all of the swallowtails are likely to be observed, but not all of the Lycaenids.

Posted by maractwin over 3 years ago (Flag)

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